Letter From Santiago


Letter from Santiago

Original article source is unknown.  Extracted from the newspaper article collection started in 1879 by Mrs. Nannie Brown of Madison, Missouri. 

(Unable to read title…) Nov 21, (1898).

 “(We) are still here at Santiago. It (is) a much more pleasant place than (Guantanamo), where on all sides (unknown) all looking exactly alike and (the) only sign that any one had ever (been) there was a dozen or so white (buzzards), showing where the marines (are) buried, who were killed the (unknown) landing, and those who had (died) from the different ships when (the) fleet was there.  And there was (very) little pleasure in our trip after (leaving) there as we met rough (weather), and with the guns and (anchor) weighing so much, (prevented) her riding the waves.  Well, (nearly) every one would break on deck and, as the hatches are (not) tight, much water comes (in).  General Wood and the (other) reporters swear they (unknown) go abroad again, and also hope she has made her (unknown) until her homeward bound (unknown) in the spring and then we will (unknown) stay wet and without sleep (for a) few days in order to reach (unknown) work.  I have settled down to (unknown) the best of it, and if I get (unknown) (regularly) will not bother (unknown) thing. 

We can’t ask for (unknown) better to eat, and you may (think I) am making up for the last (unknown) (months).  Our table is going to (unknown) dinner Thanksgiving (unknown) have turkey, ice cream (unknown).  (We) are throwing in a dollar (and) will have the best time (unknown), considering we must stay (unknown).  I will see if I can invite a (few) of the soldiers.  A great (unknown) of them are from St. Louis, (one with) the name of Durnheim (r something like that) a cousin of (unknown), of Paris, but I hardly (unknown).  I could invite only one or (unknown) slighting a half dozen, (unknown) acquainted with in the (unknown…) Some of them (unknown) and they seem (unable to read next few lines…). 

We have (unknown) dollars per month ration money, and we use no government rations, but get it all ashore, elected one of the men to act as caterer each month.  We got a bugler the other day and now we get up in the morning, go to mess and quarters, turn in at nights and do everything else to the bugle calls.  I enclose a piece of what is used in making the trousers of our uniforms.  I think I will draw enough cloth to make a suit when I am ready to leave here.  It will wear a long time.  I sold my Kodak for $5 the other day, twice what I gave for it.  I got tired of fooling with such a small one, and here, I could not make good pictures on account of difficulty in getting and having the films developed.  I will get a 4x5 Kodak when I get to New York.  Hope all are well. -- Harry F. Hitner.”


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